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Prolific character actor, John McMartin, has died at the age of 86. A veteran of stage and screen, he was born August 21, 1929 in Warsaw, Indiana and raised in Minnesota. McMartin's first professional credit is for playing Ed Rice on the As the World Turns TV show from 1961 to 1963. The daytime soap opera was cancelled by CBS in 2010.Per IMDb, McMartin's final TV series credit was for the 2015 episode of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt TV show, "Kimmy Goes on a Date!" McMartin's other recent TV series work includes Law & Order (1992-2009), Oz (2000), Touched By an Angel (1997-98), and Murder She Wrote (1985-91).Read More… »
The union’s national board made the decision Saturday in a vote by acclamation. Carteris has been serving as acting president since Howard’s death.
She had been re-elected to the post of executive vice president at the union’s bi-annual convention in October, topping Patricia Richardson.
The SAG-aftra Constitution, enacted in 2012 as part of the merger of SAG and AFTRA, provides that the exec VP will succeed the president should the office be vacated with the national board then selecting the president to serve the balance of the unexpired term.
SAG-aftra’s next election will take place in August 2017.
“I am deeply honored to be chosen by the SAG-aftra National Board to serve the union and its members as president,” said Carteris. “Ken was a great union leader, »
- Dave McNary
The union’s national board, which holds four meetings a year, will determine who succeeds Howard for the remaining 17 months rest of his term.
Carteris was re-elected to the post of executive vice president at the union’s bi-annual convention in September. The SAG-AFTRA Constitution, enacted in 2012 as part of the merger of SAG and AFTRA, provides that the exec VP will assist the president in the governance of the union and will succeed the president should the office be vacated.
“In the event the office of President becomes vacant for any reason, the Executive Vice President shall assume the duties and responsibilities of the President set forth in this Constitution until the next meeting of the National Board, which shall elect from eligible members a President to serve the »
- Dave McNary
When asked which actress she’d like to talk to for a recent extensive discussion, Mary Elizabeth Winstead had only one choice: Melanie Lynskey. Proving she’s just as big a fan of her as we are around here, the two participated in a nearly 40-minute talk for The Talkhouse ranging from 10 Cloverfield Lane (which Winstead is fantastic in) to Togetherness, in which Lynskey currently masterfully portrays a guilt-ridden wife looking to mend her relationship.
They also discuss body image in media and the nightmares of self-taped auditions, while Winstead opens up about starting her career at 12 in Salt Lake City and getting her first role in Touched By an Angel (she notes she got her role changed because she was too nice). The two also touch on improvisation, including a hilarious anecdote about Winstead getting nervous on the set of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter when asked to come up »
- Jordan Raup
Spoiler alert: This recap contains plot details for the fifth episode of “The X-Files,” titled “Babylon.”
Combining a dull terrorism investigation with leaden comedy, faux spirituality and an ill-advised honky-tonk dance sequence, Monday’s fifth episode of “The X-Files” reboot is arguably one of the most misguided entries in the series’ history. Not since Kathy Griffin guest-starred in the notoriously unfunny seventh season episode “Fight Club” has the show missed the mark this far in terms of tone and style.
Written and directed by Chris Carter, the episode – titled “Babylon” – begins with a young Muslim man’s afternoon prayer. In case we’re not sure that this is meant to be suspicious, the ominous music, moody shadows and low-angle framing lets us know from the very first second that he’s up to no good.
On his way to meet a friend at a Southwest Texas motel, the young man »
- Matthew Chernov
Ray Colcord, Emmy-nominated TV composer whose themes included the long-running “Boy Meets World” and “227” series, died Friday at his Studio City home after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 66.
Colcord scored hundreds of hours of television, mostly comedies. He was Emmy-nominated for his theme for the 1990 sitcom “Singer & Sons,” but he also wrote the themes for “The Charmings,” “The Ann Jillian Show,” “The Torkelsons” and others in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
He also composed the scores for dozens of other series including “Dinosaurs,” “Boy Meets World,” “Big Brother,” “Facts of Life,” “The Simpsons,” “Touched by an Angel,” “Silver Spoons,” “My Two Dads” and the currently running “Girl Meets World.”
Colcord’s other credits include scores for the films “Resurrection Mary,” “The King’s Guard,” “Heartwood,” “The Paper Brigade,” “Wish Upon a Star” and “Amityville Dollhouse,” and songs for “Earth Girls Are Easy” and “All Dogs Go to Heaven 2. »
- Jon Burlingame
So inept a film, so bland and monotonous, that it fails even to serve as the blatant ad for the certain Christian motivational book it would appear to be. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): I don’t need a deity to have a purpose-driven life
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
True story: In 2005, recovering drug addict Ashley Smith was held hostage in her own Atlanta apartment for seven hours by Brian Nichols, who had earlier escaped from the courthouse where he was on trial for rape; in the course of his escape, he murdered several people, including the judge presiding in his case. Afterward, once Nichols had been recaptured, Smith’s story went viral because she said she’d read to her abductor from the Christian motivational book The Purpose Driven Life, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Los Angeles (AP) — Natalie Cole, the Grammy-winning daughter of Nat "King" Cole who carried on her late father's musical legacy and, through technology, shared a duet with him on "Unforgettable," has died. She was 65.
Natalie died Thursday evening at Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles due to compilations from ongoing health issues, her family said in a statement.
"Natalie fought a fierce, courageous battle, dying how she lived ... with dignity, strength and honor. Our beloved Mother and sister will be greatly missed and remain Unforgettable in our hearts forever," read the statement from her son Robert Yancy and sisters Timolin and Casey Cole.
Cole had battled drug problems and hepatitis that forced her to undergo a kidney transplant in May 2009. Cole's older sister, Carol "Cookie" Cole, died the day she received the transplant. Their brother, Nat Kelly Cole, died in 1995.
Natalie Cole was inspired by her dad at an early »
- The Associated Press
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